The Historical Figure Of Jesus

3309 Words May 20th, 2015 14 Pages
Over the centuries, there have been many conflicts, in both the historical and theological fields because there is little documented historical information regarding the life and times of Jesus. Many have attempted using the tools of emerging biblical criticism, modern historiography, plus their considerable knowledge of ancient Judaism, in order to paint a portrait of a Jesus by detaching Him from Christian faith; refusing to study Jesus as a divine figure, but as a Jewish man, who was born as a Jew and died as a Jew; whose teachings could be weighed alongside his contemporaries and those who came before him. It is a commonplace that they have found their own assumptions and prejudices concerning the person of Jesus and who He really was. However, during this paper I will attempt to come to my own conclusions regarding Jesus Christ by discussing "The Historical Figure of Jesus" by E.P. Sanders, “The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ” by Daniel Boyarin, and “The Changing Faces of Jesus” by Geza Vermes. Using these texts I will draw my personal analysis and will attempt to define who my Jesus is.
Among the most renowned historians who have reported on Jesus is E.P. Sanders. Sanders book, "The Historical Figure of Jesus" is an in-depth look at the historical life of Jesus. In his work, Sanders sets out to provide what he calls a discussion of “Jesus the human being”. Sanders notes that Jesus had a doctrine, and his life was inseparable from his scriptural…
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